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Oldham

Updated: 2pm Friday 23 October

Use the information and advice below to help you avoid the busiest times in Oldham. Travelling at a different time may help you and others.

It will help keep Oldham and Greater Manchester moving. 👍


🟢 Before 8am – Quiet

There is sufficient space to travel on buses and trams before 8am.

Roads in Oldham have been quieter during this period also. If your workplace offers flexible travel then making a trip during this period will be quieter ✔️.

Tips:

  • Before leaving home, plan your journey. Check the live status of your bus, tram or train here. Some transport operators have travel apps and live capacity information. If driving, check before you start the engine - you may find a different route to normal is quicker - Plan ahead! Further tips can be found here

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker (and healthier).

  • Further cycling tips can be found here

  • There is a cycling hub at Mumps in Oldham to store your bike. Click here for easy access.


🟠 Between 8am and 9am - Busy

If you can, avoid travelling during this period.

There will be less space on all public transport services and the roads, so if you can be flexible then avoid travelling during these times.

Tips

The below map shows the areas of expected higher public transport use and congestion on the roads during__ 8-9am__. Avoid travelling during this time and in these areas to help students get to school safely and keep everyone moving.

Click on the highlighted areas to see what services are expected to be very busy during this period ⬇️


🟢 Between 9am and 3pm - Quiet

Travel advice and tips

  • There is more space on public transport during this period but also consider active travel options such as cycling 🚴 and walking 🚶.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker – capacity on public transport is still reduced to protect social distancing.

Further cycling tips can be found here

  • Remember that buses and trains will be very busy from 3pm as schools and colleges finish for the day. If you can be flexible with your travel, then avoid travelling after 3pm to help keep everyone moving.

🟠 Between 3pm and 6pm - Busy

If you can travel flexibly, avoid this period on Public transport or on the road - Walking to the shops after work or to pick the children up from school and after school clubs is encouraged during this period.

There may not be space available on some buses, trams and trains with social distancing in place, so you may have to wait longer for a service. Re-time your journey to avoid this busy period if possible.

To avoid being caught in traffic, re-time or re-route your journey to save yourself being stuck behind the wheel.

The map below shows the areas of expected higher public transport use and congestion on the roads between 3pm and 6pm. Avoid travelling during this time and in these areas if you can to help students leave school and college safely and easily.

Click on the highlighted areas to see which services are expected to be very busy ⬇️


🟢 After 6pm - Quiet

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards. Some buses and trains don't operate as late as they used to and many services don't operate after 10pm 👇.

Travel advice

If you travel by public transport bookmark the below links to plan your route home or follow the taxi/private hire advice:

  • Check your bus 🚌 journey home here
  • Check your tram 🚈 journey home here
  • 🚕 Pre-book a private hire or take a taxi. Store taxi and private hire phone numbers/download apps before leaving home.

Service times will change depending on the day - for live bus and tram times check here.


🟢 Cycling 🚴 - Quiet all day!

Cycling and walking around and into Oldham is easy - from the town centre to the hills of Uppermill and Greenfield.

Get on your bikes and ride!

Whether heading to work or out with friends for lunch, we want your bike to be secure so you don't have to worry about it.

See our map below which shows cycle parking facilities in Oldham. Click on the icon for further information.

There is also a more detailed map available showing cycle routes and more on-street cycle parking. Click here for more information.

Further cycling tips can be found here